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You doubtlessly remember the terrible tragedy that occurred 10 years ago on Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. You may not have remembered the name of that small town, but that is where 10 Amish girls were brutally shot in their one-room schoolhouse. Such a horrendous event is unforgettable. Charles Roberts, a local 32-year-old […] Read More

I recently ran across this disturbing story by Claire Thompson on about how fracking companies exploit a theological loophole in the religious tradition of the Amish. “Energy companies in eastern Ohio – home to the world’s largest Amish population and billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas reserves – have been convincing Amish […] Read More

CLEVELAND (RNS) A federal judge Wednesday (Jan. 11) refused to release the leader of an Amish splinter sect from jail on charges he orchestrated the cutting of beards of Amish men over longstanding religious disagreements. Samuel Mullet Sr. and 11 others pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland to five attacks last fall […] Read More

CLEVELAND (RNS) Federal prosecutors have expanded their case against members of a breakaway Amish sect for their roles in shaving the hair and beards of people considered to be their religious enemies. An indictment issued Tuesday (Dec. 20) in U.S. District Court lists 12 suspects, including the sect’s leader, Samuel Mullet, 66. The FBI originally […] Read More

SUGARCREEK, Ohio (RNS) An investment broker dubbed the “Amish Bernie Madoff” has decided not to fight federal charges that he defrauded thousands of investors out of nearly $17 million. Monroe Beachy, 77, intends to reject his lawyer’s legal advice and plead no contest at an arraignment in Youngstown on Thursday (Oct. 27), defense attorney Gerald […] Read More

LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead. As she often did at a sirens’ sound, Roberts said a quick prayer. “Little did I know what I was praying for,” she said. Walking back to her office, […] Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The old Lorilee Craker would have picked up a couple of $16 children’s shirts without a second thought, ordered a $20 pizza without checking what’s in the fridge, and sent out her bills a few days late. The Amish-makeover Lorilee peruses garage sales and finds a lovely $5 oil painting of […] Read More

(RNS) A new study says that the population of North American Amish has increased by nearly 10 percent in the past two years, causing many communities to turn westward in search of new land. Conducted by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., the study found that Amish […] Read More

Lessons from the Amish

Their names are Naomi Rose Ebersol, Marian Fisher, Mary Liz Miller, Lena Miller, and Anna Mae Stolzfus. They were the Amish girls, ages ranging from 7 to 13, who were recently murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in Nickel Mines, Pa. The Amish are an interesting, if not quirky, people. When we lived in Baltimore, it […] Read More

Nothing captures America’s sense of longing for a simpler time quite like the idea of a one-room school house. That is at least part of the reason why the horror that took place this past week at an Amish school in Pennsylvania was so devastating. The murder of children is reason enough for grief and […] Read More